By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Within the coming years, realizing senior voters could be extra vital than it truly is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate approach that is helping you realize them and understand how to paintings with them. it truly is balanced among educational and useful discussions, and full of research instruments. That means, you are going to ace the category and be prepared for the long run!
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Stereotypes and Images 33 change and decline, of course, are only a piece of the process of aging yet if society and the aging adult are trapped in this stereotype of age, it limits all other possibilities for recognizing— and valuing—other physical, psychological, and spiritual growth and development in later life. The second kind of negativism is called compassionate stereotyping. An early pioneer in the field of gerontology, Robert Binstock (1983) coined this term to describe images that portray all older adults as disadvantaged on some level (economic, social, psychological), in need and deserving of help by others.
Thus, the statement “old people sit around all day” is a generalization that does not apply to the many active older individuals who work, write, paint, are physically active, or involve themselves in community affairs. Whether positive or negative, stereotypes are emotional impressions and are not based on objective information, and they categorize people. Stereotypes can interfere in our judgment by arousing strong and sometimes negative emotions, such as hatred or resentment. Hating or resenting any person or groups of people for any reason, but especially on the basis of a trait such as age, is both ignorant and unfair.
This increase has been driven overwhelmingly by changes in environmental factors causing death, rather than factors intrinsic to the aging process itself. 5 People surviving to selected ages according to life tables for the United States: 1900–1902 to 2000 100 90 80 Percent 70 60 50 40 2000 1989–91 1979–81 1939–41 1900–02 30 20 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Age 70 80 90 100 110 Note: The reference population for these data is the resident population. Data for 1900-02 and 1939-41 also include deaths of nonresidents of the United States.
Aging, the Individual, and Society by Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow